According to a recent report by Forbes.com, the Dallas Cowboys currently rank as the most valuable franchise in the NFL with a estimated worth of about $2.1 billion, despite not having won a championship since 1995:
Last season the Cowboys generated $500 million in total revenue, a record for an American sports team, and posted operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $227 million, $108 million more than any other football team and more than either the entire National Basketball Association or National Hockey League.
The Cowboys are now worth $2.1 billion, more than any sports team on the planet, save Manchester United. And if the English soccer club, which recentlysold shares to the public, stumbles, the Cowboys will run right past them because nobody in football can match Jones when it comes to marketing and squeezing cash from a stadium.
Turning a $150 million dollar investment into a $2.1 billion cash cow is quite impressive, any way you look at it. Other franchises rounding out the top 5 are the New England Patriots ($1.635 billion), Washington Redskins ($1.6 billion), New York Giants (1.468 billion) and the Houston Texans (1.305 billion).
You can see more of the Forbes rankings by visiting their list here.
At least when opposing fans take shots at the Cowboys playoffs struggles, they can lay claim to being tops in one area; money.